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Could surfing in Lunada Bay become more friendly to outsiders?

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This July 12, 2016, photo shows a stone structure at Rocky Point in Lunada Bay in the tiny, seaside city of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. The days are numbered for the "Stone Fort," created by a territorial group of surfers known as the Bay Boys, erected illegally decades ago as part of their sustained battle to keep rival wave-riders from some of the best breaks in Southern California. The city, under pressure from the California Coastal Commission and others, Tuesday, July 12, 2016 ordered the structure torn down amid complaints that its only purpose is as a staging area from which the Bay Boys can gather to harass other surfers. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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This July 12, 2016, photo shows a stone structure at Rocky Point in Lunada Bay in the tiny, seaside city of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.

Surfers love the sport because it allows them the chance to feel a thrill, to be at one with the ocean, but that's a bit trickier to do when you're getting a surfboard shoved in your ribs.

Surfers love the sport because it allows them the chance to feel a thrill, to be at one with the ocean, but that's a bit trickier to do when you're getting pelted with rocks, or a surfboard shoved in your ribs. 

Lunada Bay in Palos Verdes Estates is a spot that's given new meaning to the phrase locals only, because for years a group known as the Bay Boys has used intimidation tactics, including violence, to keep people away from riding one of the best surf breaks in Southern California.

Now, the city has moved to demolish a structure on the beach, illegally built by locals there, but will that actually change anything?

Sam George is a former professional surfer and a former editor at Surfer Magazine. He talks to Alex Cohen about what it's like surfing at Lunada Bay and whether there's any hope for outsiders to go and enjoy it without getting harassed.

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